There is a war being waged in Canada-a battle for young minds. It’s happening on the streets and in the schoolyards, erupting in violence and hate. Hard times-and harder hearts-have brought simmering racist attitudes to the surface.
HEARTS OF HATE goes behind the scenes to document young racists and the groups they join: The Heritage Front, Aryan Nations, Church of The Creator, and the Canadian Chapters of the KKK. Penetrating these secretive organizations, filmmaker Peter Raymont examines their policies of violence and manipulation-and the power they exert over young minds and imaginations.
The young recruits are not the unemployed working class teenagers you might expect. They come from all social strata: squeaky clean suburban kids, streetwise skinheads, middle-class university students.
What they share is an uncertain future in a world that is far more morally complex than anything their parents knew. Their solutions are often simple, violent and unapologetically hateful. They are looking for someone to blame. The groups that recruit them know that. Ten years ago, the average age of a typical Canadian racist was 50 to 60. Today it is 18 to 20!
HEARTS OF HATE is a frightening wake-up call. Viewers will be shocked by how far these young recruits are willing to go to impose their racist hatred. Illusions of Canada as a peaceful, tolerant society are profoundly challenged. We discover how sophisticated racists are at exploiting new communications technologies-and how little is being done to stop them.
No longer occupying the political fringe, no longer laughable, these young people and their racist mentors don’t look much different from you or me or our own kids.